Balanced Budget Amendments

Democrats look for another potential House flip in Ohio

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Danny O’Connor, the Democratic nominee in a special congressional election here, has denounced both party leader Nancy Pelosi and the Republican-passed tax cut. Troy Balderson, a longtime Republican state legislator, has underwhelmed his party’s strategists and has run only …

Republicans

U.S. opposes three-judge panel request in fight over Medicare drug payments

The Trump administration is opposing a request by an association of oncologists to have a three-judge panel appointed to hear its constitutional challenge to a 2 percent cut to Medicare Part B reimbursements for cancer drugs.<p>The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) had in court papers filed last month …

Law

Troy Balderson, Danny O'Connor square off in first debate in 12th District US House race

In a setting that highlights the challenge in appealing to an economically diverse 12th Congressional District, Danny O’Connor and Troy Balderson …

Social Security

Ronald Reagan Strongly Supported an Article V Convention of States

June 26, 2018 by Convention of States<p>With clarity and conviction in 1975 at CPAC, Ronald Reagan told us, “Our people look for a cause to believe in. …

Ronald Reagan

Desperate Deficit Times Require Desperate Budget Reform Measures for a ‘Brighter American Future’

The House Budget Committee last Thursday approved a budget resolution for fiscal 2019. The House budget, dubbed “A Brighter American Future,” would …

Health Care

Did 233 Representatives Vote to ‘Steal’ Social Security’s $2.9 Trillion Surplus?

Claims that lawmakers voted to spend a Social Security surplus to pay off government debt stem from an alarmist account of a failed balanced budget …

Retirement

House Republicans appear ready to go for broke with Social Security, Medicare cuts

Last week, House Republicans signaled their eagerness to spend the next several months in pursuit of fulfilling Speaker Paul Ryan's long-held dream …

Liberal View

House Republicans attack spending, highlight fiscal discipline as midterms loom

After busting budget caps and passing unpaid-for tax cuts, Republicans are embracing fiscal discipline anew as they seek to shore up conservative support ahead of the November elections.<p>House Republicans voted Thursday night to approve a Trump administration proposal clawing back some $15 billion …

Business

Rand Paul Says Republicans Are Just As Bad As Democrats When It Comes To Deficits [VIDEO]

9:32 PM 05/16/2018Nick Givas<p>Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul slammed conservatives for ignoring budget deficits and said they’re just as bad as …

Republicans

Proposed Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

Any member of Congress or state legislature can propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Since 1787, more than 10,000 amendments have been …

Income Tax

Trump makes a gesture toward reducing the deficit. But it’s not much more than that.

IF PRESIDENT TRUMP, or anyone else for that matter, wants to make a small but meaningful election-year dent in the federal budget deficit, estimated to hit $804 billion in the current fiscal year — and $1 trillion by 2020 — there are plenty of ways to do it. Here’s just one simple idea: restore the …

Opinion

Sorry, a Balanced Budget Amendment Won’t Fix Washington – Here’s Why

Sorry, a Balanced Budget Amendment Won’t Fix Washington – Here’s Why<p>May 2, 2018 by Guest Contributor<p>Congress is not only irresponsible with the …

Federal Budget

A Balanced-Budget Amendment Will Not Fix Washington

Congress is not only irresponsible with the federal budget; it’s schizophrenic. On March 23, Congress passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, …

Federal Budget

Trump and Tester; Balanced Budgets; Comey and Libby; Floating on Air

Good morning, it's Friday, April 27, 2018. This is Tom Kavanagh filling in for Carl, who’s under the weather today. Ninety-one years ago in the …

Royal Air Force

Want to keep your gun rights? Convention of the States should terrify you

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is calling for repeal of the Second Amendment. Some want to restrict the right to bear arms to …

Guns

Janison: U.S. budget will stay out of balance

If the ideological battle over federal debt and deficits was ever real, it is now over.<p>Red ink won.<p>For politicians from the president down, hiking …

Republicans

The Proposed Balanced Budget Amendment is a Case of Evil Intentions and Unmitigated Gall

It got 233 yes votes and 184 no votes, which would be good enough to pass regular legislation. But since it’s a proposed amendment to the …

U.S. Congress

Most politicians ignore the real debt problem: Interest

The national debt is like the weather: Everyone talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.<p>Many members of Congress profess to be fiscally …

Economics

Quote of the Week: Lloyd Doggett

A stormy sermon's brewin'

Republicans

Treasury spokesman fires back at Pelosi: This is what economic growth is

Tony Sayegh, assistant secretary for public affairs, on Monday responded to criticism from Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi who blasted Republicans’ balanced-budget amendment.<p>“God never intended for any group of people to live in superfluous inordinate wealth while others live in object …

Trump Administration

Commentary: GOP’s fake balanced budget amendment plan is an insult to conservatives everywhere

Congressional Republicans say they care about the ballooning national debt, but most of their attempts to stop our out-of-control federal government from sending the nation over the fiscal cliff amount to nothing more than virtue signaling.<p>On April 12, the Republican-led House of Representatives …

Conservative View

The Balanced-Budget Amendment & GOP Hypocrisy. Progressives are the true Fiscal Conservatives

<i>I’m a Congressional candidate in VA-01, a Progressive in favor of Single-Payer & investment in Education, Infrastructure & action on Climate Change.</i> …

Republicans

Nice try, Republicans, with that failed balanced budget amendment

<b>To the editor:</b> As an independent voter, I'm appalled to learn that one of the major parties would so cynically and hypocritically — and transparently! — propose an unneeded and unworkable constitutional amendment for balanced budgets. ("Is the GOP's balanced budget amendment cynical, hypocritical …

Republicans

Rodricks: On taxes and deficits, Andy Harris wants it both ways

Wait, what? Rep. Andy Harris, a big-time supporter of the Trump/Republican tax cuts that are expected to add hundreds of billions of dollars to the …

Republicans

Balanced budget vote triggers debate over spending in Washington

Here’s a quick way to cause howls of ridicule among fiscal deficit hawks: Pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut, follow it up with a $1.3 trillion spending …

Economics

Tom Purcell: Tax-time Q&A

Tax day is upon us. I’m no CPA, but let me offer advice and consolation to my fellow taxpayers. Q. Dear Tom: My CPA told ...

Retirement

Area congressional votes on financial reform, Social Security, Trump nomination

How St. Louis area members of Congress voted in the week of April 9-13.<p>House<p>Relaxing Volcker Rule • Voting 300-104, the House on April 13 passed a …

St. Louis

After creating historic deficits, Republicans move to outlaw deficits

They’re sometimes called “messaging votes.” Congressional leaders will bring measures to the floor that they have no intention of passing, purely for …

Economics

New Jersey Republican supported a larger deficit -- then voted for a balanced budget amendment

WASHINGTON — After backing bills that added $2.7 trillion to the federal debt over a decade, Rep. Tom MacArthur on Thursday voted to amend the …

Balanced-Budget Amendment Falls Short in House

Roll call vote could provide midterm campaign fodder<p>Republicans fell short of the two-thirds support needed to send a balanced-budget amendment to …

Politics